Josh Brolin has confirmed rumours that he was considered for the next Batman - and has offered full support to Ben Affleck in the role.

The 45-year-old star had been heavily linked with the role of Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Superman vs Batman movie before Affleck emerged as the chosen actor.

When asked if he had discussed the project with director Zack Snyder, Brolin told The Huffington Post: "We did. I didn't have conversations about it, but Zack, that was part of his idea [for the film]. It just didn't turn out. It's OK. It is OK. You know, another scenario might have worked better, but I'm happy for Ben."

Speaking about the negative reaction by fans to Affleck's appointment as Batman, Brolin said that he was surprised.

"I've never seen such a global reaction in my life," Brolin said. "I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now. The reaction becomes so personal.

"It's like, '**** this guy, I wish he was dead'. And you're like, 'What? Dude, seriously? This guy is just working like you are. He's doing the same thing you are. He's trying to make the best choices he can'.

"I just feel for anybody who gets lambasted at that level. I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words."